Beginner scanner help please.

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Beginner scanner help please.

Postby AirDan » 17 Apr 2017, 19:58

Hi Guys, looking for some advice if you don't mind. I'm looking to buy my first scanner. I did have one many years ago as a child but I have no understanding of the equipment or terminology, (I'm working on it) please forgive my ignorance. I'd like to purchase a scanner to listen to primarily air band. Preferably handheld as I do a fair amount of driving about and long boring night shifts. Where do I look and how much am I looking at for a decent first set up? What trusted websites do you guys buy from?

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Re: Beginner scanner help please.

Postby stratocaster » 18 Apr 2017, 11:48

Hi AirDan! Firstly look at your budget, then you can go from there. Most scanners do cover the civil air band. There are a lot to choose from. You may want to look at details such as other frequencies covered and if it has a few special features like alpha tagging ( the ability for you to name the frequency, for instance here on my scanner that has this feature -most do nowadays, I can have 121.200 on airband to read as EDI Approach or Edinburgh approach, depends on how generous the scanner programme is at allowing you to fully title your frequencies)
Most recommend a Uniden bearcat UBC125xlt. Others will tell you they recommend another make and model. It's down to what you want to hear and how good a performance you get from it. Unfortunately the shop I got my handheld from no longer trades, but there are many like radioworld, nevada radio etc. Hope that helps.
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Re: Beginner scanner help please.

Postby Admiral » 18 Apr 2017, 17:17

If airband is your thing then be careful of older sets, some are FM only and don't cover the band, and some that do only have 25kc steps, try and get one with a minimum of 12.5kc steps, and ideally one that also has 8.33kc steps.

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Re: Beginner scanner help please.

Postby AirDan » 19 Apr 2017, 21:32

Thank you. I have seen the uniden bearcat 125xlt in my local maplin store and read the reviews which seemed good. How important is location? I'm on the north side of Nottinghamshire. So I have east midlands and the Robin Hood airport fairly close by but not on my doorstep.

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Re: Beginner scanner help please.

Postby stratocaster » 20 Apr 2017, 11:48

Location is secondary to equipment. If using a good outdoor antenna, you'll pull in quite a distance from where you are regardless.
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